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A chat about leadership

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 01/28/2021

Ben Legg - Portfolio Professionals show art Ben Legg - Portfolio Professionals

Stories of Success Podcast

This is a very exciting episode with Ben Legg. Ben was the former COO of Google Europe and turned to being a successful portfolio professional. I actually met Ben a few years ago in Cannes, talking digital marketing. In his portfolio career, Ben focuses on supporting founders and investors in the startup and scale-up ecosystem. He is also CEO and co-founder of The Portfolio Collective, a global community of thousands of portfolio professionals, which is why I asked him to join me as an expert on the topic of interim and fractional leadership. So in this podcast we will learn not just from...

Selling a proportion of your brain - Adrian Cockle show art Selling a proportion of your brain - Adrian Cockle

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Today's episode is with Adrian Cockle. Adrian and I met through Leapers which is a community and support group for freelancers. With our own slack channel we have a great community spirit and I encourage anyone going on their own to join! Adrian is a freelance digital strategy consultant and fractional head of digital - an interim and fractional CDO. Freelance on and off since 2016, previously spent 9 years as head of digital for WWF-UK and WWF International. He has  been doing digital in various forms since working in the UK’s second Internet cafe back in 1995! Currently working with...

Get out there and engage - Fractional CTO Damien D'Souza show art Get out there and engage - Fractional CTO Damien D'Souza

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I welcome Damien D‘Souza on this episode who is a business and technology transformation leader. His CV states COO, CIO and CCO experience, yet he markets himself as an interim and fractional ‚CTO‘. With his vast years of experience across multiple industries, he has worked in his portfolio career since 2019.   Things we discussed: Whilst he started his portfolio career in 2019, he started working for himself in 2012 He left the corporate world after 30 years after taking redundancy and money for a runway to try 'self-employment' Work is all about what you want to do, not why...

Interim and Fractional CEO and Consultant - Peter Weichsel show art Interim and Fractional CEO and Consultant - Peter Weichsel

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Peter and I first met when he dealt with various digital marketing start-ups at Deutsche Post many years ago. Most recently, we discussed joint business development but also had a chat about my podcast, as Peter had quite some experience in interim and fractional C-level roles. I am in particular interested to share his experience with start-ups, large corporate and consulting roles. At time of recording Peter assumes an interim Management role within the Vodafone group which he has now left.   Things we discussed: Roles of senior executives His role in the top 5 consultancies ...

Be Confident with Uncertainty - Lena Andican - Fractional CMO show art Be Confident with Uncertainty - Lena Andican - Fractional CMO

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Today I welcome Lena Andican who is one of the partners at Kurve - Kurve being the performance marketing agency my guest Oren Greenberg founded. Additionally, similar to Oren, she works as an interim and fractional CMO, advising companies on all things marketing.   Things we discussed:   Working with scale-ups B2B marketing and sales Positioning, marketing strategy and execution Transition from in-house to interim The need and want for flexibility and variety Confidence needed to be interim and leaping into a business venture Learning curve Advantages for companies to...

Michel Quazza - Be Ready to Learn Something New! show art Michel Quazza - Be Ready to Learn Something New!

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Michel Quazza and I met a few months ago discussing investment and collaboration on projects. He is a seasoned international CEO and has worked as much in Silicon Valley as he has worked across Europe. Michel is scaling his interim work through advisory service, packaging up C-Levels under the ‘Corporate Development as a Service’.   Things we talked about: Difference in portfolio, consulting and ‘Corporate Development as a Service’ companies Scaling interim and fractional work Engineering, CPO and CEO Michel’s experience in Silicon Valley, the influence from the US on...

Stephen Morris - Fractional and Interim CTO show art Stephen Morris - Fractional and Interim CTO

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This episode is with Stephen Morris. Steve is a fractional CTO with a passion for software development and cyber security.  He directs IT strategies, advises on product and technology and helps other CTOs to go to market too.   Things we discussed: Companies not needing or being able to afford a full time CTO Helping aspiring CTOs Interim and fractional being a career progression from a full time engagement How he got bored when doing only one job, and the challenges were the same year on year The need for companies to have a CTO Bailey & Associates - a company that helps...

Paul Edwards - Interim CRO: 'Importance of Networking' show art Paul Edwards - Interim CRO: 'Importance of Networking'

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I welcome Paul Edwards today who is an interim Chief Revenue Officer. With many years experience in the IT and Telecoms sector, he empowers organisations and teams to win complex high value sales within competitive markets. He is also a mentor to businesses for exit.   Paul and I discussed the following: Moving from a corporate career to a portfolio/interim/fractional career Experience in the IT/Cloud/Telecoms sectors Co-founding a business How to build a healthy pipeline and sales business Building a start-up to a functional company Importance of networking How consultants...

Experience as an asset - Oren Greenberg show art Experience as an asset - Oren Greenberg

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Oren is the founder of Kurve, a London based, growth marketing consultancy working with corporates and scale-ups for the past 20 years. As an interim and fractional leader, Oren’s digital strategy and commercial expertise are instrumental in the growth of SaaS & Fintech brands. Brands he worked with include Lenovo, Canon, Investec Bank, Wonga, Peakon & Nutmeg.   Things we discussed: Part time and interim scalability and positioning Pricing and how you best price your work (very interesting insights!) Kurve and how this fits in with fractional and interim work The Kurve...

Taking the risk - Interim CDO Ben Rickard show art Taking the risk - Interim CDO Ben Rickard

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I welcome Ben Rickard to my podcast. Ben is an experienced interim and fractional CDO, a NED and advisor with an expert domain knowledge in marketing, digital, data and tech. Ben and I have been discussing the interim and fractional space for a while, and I am glad he found the time to record his ideas around this exciting and growing space.   Things we discussed: CDO: data or digital officer Ben being a NED to parliament (not the government) Teams with different super powers His urge to get involved and do things Launching on his own during the pandemic Value proposition ...

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For 20 years, Tim Spiker, founder of The Aperio and author of The Only Leaders Worth Following has been helping individuals and organisations lead better, and find better leaders. He delivers keynote speeches and creates customised learning experiences to change the way people look at leadership, and he guides long-term developmental journeys as well.
There is a lot more to his profile, and I encourage you to check out his website.
What we discussed was:
  • Leadership and how the Aperio programme works
  • How to achieve success
  • How Tim got into the space, doing loads of research
  • He brings content and ideas into leadership to utilise those every day
  • How ‘who you are’ impacts your leadership style
  • His leadership research and key leadership principles
  • Loads of examples from his clients
  • 77% of your effectiveness as a leader is who you are
  • Intuitively this isn’t new, but we examine 8 areas of leadership skills
  • 2 areas = 77% and those are about ‘who you are’, and the other 6 are about ‘what you’ do as a leader
  • Inwardly sound and others focused are the two key areas
  • Whilst this sounds like common sense, it isn’t in reality
  • Simple doesn’t equal easy
  • Psychological Safety
  • Family and how to balance the two
  • Family values
  • What kids teach us about leadership
  • Culture in organisations is about the WHAT of leadership (norms, mood, values)
  • Analogy of a tree for leadership
  • Understanding the WHY
  • Mindfulness and being in the zone
  • Effort, sports and how to motivate kids
  • Rituals and habits for leaders lead to resilience and capacity
  • Trust and the arc of leadership based on his ‘who not what principle’
  • Discount Code ‘Volker’ for US$ 500 for 2021


Volker is a sales, strategy and leadership consultant. With a passion for coaching and mindfulness, helping individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website or subscribe to his newsletter.

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